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It does contain Artificial sweetener ie. Acesulfame Potassium , fillers, artificial color ie. Hi Shon, please refer to the Herbalife official website to contact their customer service department in regards to your order inquiry. I have bin using herbalife for 8 years and i lost 35 lbs i am diabetic type 2 my doctor said my a1c sugar levels cholesterol perfect i am off my meds for 6 months now numbers perfect i all so went gluten free i have either celiac deseese or gastro paresis so i beleave herbalife helps me.
Herbalife Products are good for health. But system of marketing is totally bad and worst. Product good but price is too high How poor people can offer per month for this product. Nonsense we make USA people to become rich.
I also did Heralife for over a year and did loose some weight I switched to Wellness Pro and lost a lot more and my wife also started to loose weight as well A way more effective product and tastes a lot better. Marla are you a nutrition expert? I think not or you would know that suralose is a simple artificial sweetener made from sugar but with no calories.
To compare suralose to the drug companies synthetics they use is absurd. I have been taking Herbalife for about a 3 weeks now I have lost 24lbs and 20 inches overall. I have tried many diets and hated them all due to taste, Herbalife tastes good and it works which is more that I can say for the many other diet plans I have tried. Hi berna, i am a distributor for herbalife for about 2 months now, and my husband has list 23 lbs in three weeks! First of all i suggest u use the 21 day cleansing which gets rid of all the gunk in ur colon, at the same time i suggest u take the shakes and the fiber….
Also download calorie counter in your apps on your phone and set it to and rdi of , that will get you off to a great start. What are you going to do when finally you realize you are spending way too much money on this diet pal?
Go back to your old eating habits and regain all the weight? I used it 15 years ago and have not gained weight back, it actually thought me better eating habits. Yes, exercise is important to any plan. I now coach others, and I love every minute of it!
This is not a diet, its a lifestyle. Bro Herbalife end up costing you about three dollars a meal. This is in when you buy it for full retail.
If you feel hungrg try drinking alot of water if in 20 min you feel hungry trg eating a very light snack like those kelloggs snacks that has 90 calories and see is that helps. You need to drink the aloe,tea and shake as ur brkfast , lunch should be based on one protein no red meat until you have reached ur weight that u want one carb and salad the ur other meal dinner repeat the aloe tea and shake.
Rem if you drink the shake and then eat u will gain weight. U r sub two meals for the shake. After one week you will stRt the 21 day cleaning. You can add fruit and ice to your shake and blend it into a smoothie and also you can have a snack in mid morning and midafternoon of protein bar, raw veggies, tuna, hard boiled egg etc.
Eliminate these as best you can an you will get faster results. The sensation of being hungry is often tied to the bodies actual need for water. Herbalife, is a supplement to your daily diet and habits.
The shake is a meal replacement, it does not mean you should replace all meals. It is recommended that you drink at least 64oz of water a day. How many people actually do that.
I myself am supposed to consume about 85oz, along with about 90g of protein. Figure out the balance. Plus around 2ltrs of water a day. Exactly which herbalife product are you taking? I am interested in trying the product but do not know which one I should start with. I had a baby last year and it is hard for me to lose the weight. I am trying to lose 40lbs. Christy, would you consider sharing your weight loss enhancers and telling me which ones you used???!
I am using herbalife but for 8 days and only lost 6 pounds si far!!! Kristen what products are you using? Sucrolose is synthesized, thus artificial.
It is toxic in large quantities, meaning it is poison!!! Take a few semesters of organic chemistry and biochem…. I just want to say I am not a nutritionist but I am studying for my certification and I am a researcher. I completed research on the Herbalife shake and found that out of 72 ingredients only 12 were not genetically modified or artificial. Anyone can lose weight if they reduce their calories dramatically and take a cocktail of diuretics 1 to 3 times per day. There is nothing about the Shake.
Prolonged usage can cause harm. If you notice you have constant headaches or new allergies it can come from this ball of toxins you mix up everyday. I know this will make some people mad but we should be concerned about putting things in our body which will truly help it. Also, just to let you know, if you use sucrolose on a regular basis your skin will boil when you spend too much time in the sun. They told me all the products contained raw sugar. Sucralose would definitely be a deal killer for me.
Oh I have to make myself eat because this stuff is fo delicious and I feel so full! Please give me a break. Real weight loss takes a change in your entire lifestyle choices, including excercise, what and how much you eat etc. No supplement is going to give you long term weight loss. You may lose some weight now but as soon as you back to eating the way you were it will come back on.
Why are people so gullible and naive? Nothing in life is easy or free. I think you and many other people have a general misunderstanding of the Herbalife products.
No one is skipping meals whatsoever. Actually they are eating times per day. The Formula 1 shake is a healthy meal. It is complete and balanced with nutrients, proper carbs, and protein but remains low calorie. We both know all these are essential to a healthy diet.
Compare that to what most people actually eat, and for the price of 1 trip to the drive through they could be much healthier. They also have healthy meals and snacks throughout the day every hours to keep the metabolism fired up.
To those who can do it own their own, great. If you need help though this is a very trusted, proven and viable option. A while ago, my Mom got into Herbalife products, mainly the Savila and tea extract drinks.
Just because chemical engineers use a natural ingredient as their base ingredient, does not mean the result will be healthy to ingest. I myself use their non-flavored Savila extract and Peach Tea extract as a means to relax. The Savila drink has Thermogenic effects, which gives you that warm feeling inside. The Peach Tea extract helps calm me down and relax, a better alternative to anti-depressants if you ask me. It just calls into question Herbalifes motives when they implement artificial ingredients and claim they are for weight loss and health.
Plus if you want people to buy your product you need to make it taste good. You either do this by making it taste sweet or you add fat. This whole thread makes me laugh!! I changed my lifestyle drastically and guess what happened…I myself lost over 60 pounds. None of my weightloss was due to exercise either…it was ALL food intake. Some people will never see any results if they dont change their lifestyle and if they do see results then they will gain all that weight back when they slip up or cant afford it.
Change your lifestyle people…dont purchase anything in the middle of the grocery store and eat your normal amount of meals…3 or 4 to 6 meals a day. You arent supposed to eat more than the size of your fist in one meal…its hard but you have to start somewhere. Fill your stomach with water when you feel hungry!! Its all about will power and what you allow yourself to get away with! A lifestyle change exactly I used to use Herbablife for over 8 months and lost over 40lbs, yes I was working out too!
As soon as I stopped using Herbalife, but yes it gets costly. Mind you I made my own protein shake all natural kept working out and ate healthy. Granted I lost it all again but it took awhile. Now I am doing it the right way.
Working out and eating healthy! My wife and I are 60 and we are both using the Herbalife Aloe Vera. If you want a perfect feel good digestive track and bladder this is a MUST product!! If you take Herbalife you will know that they keep the most stringent production processes during manufacturing and even before, during their selection of the plants and herbs to be used.
I am 57 yrs old and it has brought me back to my productive and happy self. Herbalife is a lifestyle not a passing diet. I was 10 years old 31 years ago taking Herbalife.
My 4year old makes his own shakes every morning with taking his Multivits. But, I feel wrinkles on my face and dull skin, please suggest me. How about the isolated soy protein many claim that this is toxic to those who has thyroid problems. I am a herbalufe user for over 5 years now but if I read some articles regarding its toxicity im bothered and afraid this might cause harm to me.
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Herbalife CEO Johnson first heard about nutrition clubs three years earlier, he says, when certain distributors were complaining about them. Johnson and Walsh went to look at a club in Zacatecas, Mexico. Today there are about 6, nutrition clubs in the U. Herbalife nutrition club owner Edgar Montalban, shown in June , prepares a meal-replacement shake in Queens, N. They became particularly popular in Spanish-speaking communities of the U.
As successful as the model was, not everyone was thrilled with it. Because the clubs let Herbalife sell its products and business opportunity to lower socioeconomic strata than had been previously possible—more vulnerable populations—a former financial journalist named Christine Richard found them to be diabolical.
By the summer of , indeed, Richard had concluded that a great deal was wrong with Herbalife. Above all, she thought, it was a pyramid scheme. Richard worked for the Indago Group, a research boutique that sold much of its work to short-sellers. When Richard first spoke to investors about shorting Herbalife, many were wary, she recounts in an interview. In , Ackman took a massive public short position predicated on the audacious theory that the then triple-A-rated bond insurer MBIA—whose guarantees were propping up the ratings of countless other financial obligations that Wall Street was flogging across the globe—was catastrophically overleveraged and destined to collapse.
She declined, and the call ended. At lunch afterward DeSimone went from table to table. At one, the woman next to him, who turned out to be Richard, started asking him similar questions. Einhorn is widely revered as perhaps the smartest investor on the Street. The company realized he might be preparing a public short. After its May 1 earnings announcement, Herbalife executives took questions by phone. If Einhorn was contemplating a public short, DeSimone says, he felt that was material information the public ought to have.
It was a variant of the same questions Richard and Schulman had been asking. Herbalife had no lawyer in the room. Live complex, just across from the Staples Center. They had allies inside the hall with open phone lines. But Einhorn was just messing with their heads. Which posed a quandary for Bill Ackman. Then Einhorn never surfaced. Ackman deliberated for months whether to go public, he says, preparing possible presentations.
And then in September, and then in November. Most of these put buyers were effectively betting that the stock would drop markedly sometime before Dec.
He had simply borrowed common stock and sold it—the conventional short position. There was a lot about Herbalife that was suspicious. How could that be? What the company really sold in all these countries, Ackman explained, was not Formula 1 but a fictitious business opportunity.
Then he played a creepy, officially produced Herbalife video. Subsequently, however, CEO Johnson had started toning down such claims, voluntarily disclosing the average gross compensation the company paid its distributors and requiring that income testimonials include disclaimers at least in the U.
The FTC, for its part, does not require such disclosures, nor explain how comprehensive they must be, if provided. At the time of the presentation, Herbalife was already a well-known name on Wall Street. It had enjoyed 12 straight record quarters, and its stock had quadrupled in the previous two years. Then there was the issue of timing. Ackman presented just 11 days before the end of the year, when hedge fund positions are marked to market for the year.
Given the holiday season, there was no way Herbalife could respond that calendar year. In that context, the bit about Ackman foregoing personal profit struck some as disingenuous. He explained on his blog: As for the notion that Herbalife was desperately expanding into foreign countries because of market saturation, the company had a simple answer: Walsh then offered evidence of consumer demand while asserting the genuineness of the business opportunity.
After Einhorn asked his questions in May, the company had had a reputable corporate survey firm, Lieberman Research Worldwide, perform two 2,person surveys. People who did pursue the business could really make it, Walsh insisted, though it did require very hard work. In it had made 46 of them in the U. In it would also begin paying return shipping costs. Herbalife may now have the most generous buyback policy in the MLM industry. Yet the rate of buybacks was low and had steadily dropped throughout the Michael Johnson years.
It fell from 2. We would like to speak to victims. So he began to look for victims. Later he gave additional moneys directly to local organizations for the same purpose. He declines to estimate the total. At the same time he hired a raft of political consultants to find victims and to approach state attorneys general and other public officials in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, and New York.
He was like one of these little Jewish boys, crying that the world was taking advantage of him. Icahn was giving his version of a decade-old dispute that led to a nine-year litigation between Ackman and him.
This is a guy who takes advantage of little people. Three days after the spat, Icahn started buying more. All this [other] stuff is off-base and ridiculous. A short squeeze is a feedback loop that occurs when excess demand for a stock pushes the price up, pressuring short-sellers to cover their positions, which requires them to buy stock, which further pushes the price up, and so on.
As Icahn continued buying—today he owns At the time the other biggest buyer was the company itself, which had long been pursuing stock buybacks as a corporate policy. Then fate granted Ackman a weird reprieve. London was quickly arrested for insider trading: London pleaded guilty and, in April , was sentenced to 14 months.
Herbalife hired PricewaterhouseCoopers and said it aimed to have the statements reapproved by the end of the year. Ackman set out to block that from happening. In one of nine follow-up communications to the accountants, Ackman noted: He even offered to have Pershing Square foot the costs. Investors were understandably skeptical of any company-ordered surveys. So several funds did their own.
One longtime major investor told me he commissioned a blinded, high-datapoint, randomized survey asking a wide variety of questions.
I asked Ackman this. The charge appears to have gone nowhere. Fidelity and Vanguard retained most of their preexisting stakes now holding This effectively maintained the short bet but placed the fund at less risk if the stock kept rising. Herbalife suspected, once again, market manipulation. Herbalife complained to the SEC about these puts in March , but the charge has languished.
When the Times tracked down the letter signers, some claimed not to remember having written them. In the context of a short-selling campaign, however, such conduct began to resemble securities fraud. Herbalife shares were further pummeled in April when, in the space of six days, it was reported that the company was under investigation by both the U. Department of Justice and the Illinois attorney general. The bad news for longs got still worse in November, when Herbalife announced its third-quarter results.
After 19 straight positive quarters, the company missed on both earnings and volume guidance. Herbalife blamed the poor results on foreign currency fluctuations and the short-term impact of some new distributor rules.
Ackman hailed the news as showing that Herbalife had exhausted its mature markets and that its modest efforts to curb fraud were crippling its ability to do business. In August it hired Alan Hoffman, a former deputy chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, as executive vice president for global corporate affairs.
Each hire represented a vote of confidence for the company, as had, in late , the additions of two eminent Hispanics to the board: In April , former comptroller of the U.
Air Force Michael Montelongo also joined the board. The year ended on an important up note for the company. In December a Los Angeles federal judge approved the settlement of a class action against Herbalife that had been brought on behalf of all 1. The dismal result underscored the recurring question: Where were the victims? A group of 18 objectors—16 of them supplied by a Waukegan, Ill. After his original presentation, Ackman put on three more.
In the second, in November , four victims were interviewed. But they all described being victimized by a lead-generation business.
The outfit was run, however, by a distributor who had also headed Newest Way to Wealth a decade earlier. At a minimum, it could be argued, the company should have been watching him like a hawk. Herbalife finally banned all lead selling or buying in June A tough slog, the presentation struck some as peripheral to the pyramid-scheme allegation. At the last event, in July , Christine Richard made a presentation on nutrition clubs.
After visiting more than nutrition clubs in several countries, she said, she had concluded that naive, often undocumented immigrants were being defrauded into something resembling indentured servitude by predatory, distributor-led, company-countenanced training programs.
Trainees were allegedly being induced to generate artificial business for an existing nutrition club—dragging friends and family to show up, while shelling out money to pay for their shakes. Wiping away tears, he said: Michael Johnson is a predator, okay? This is a criminal enterprise, okay?
As part of its response to the FTC inquiry, the company commissioned two documentary filmmakers to make a movie about nutrition clubs. The hour-long film, previously unreported, depicts owners and participants at nine clubs in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. Herbalife claims that it gave the documentarists a list of 30 clubs in each city and then let them proceed from there on their own.
More than once, individuals thank Herbalife for saving their lives. The company resumed hitting its numbers in the first quarter of We certainly have never received any subpoenas, and the DOJ has not expressed any interest in interviewing any of us about any of that stuff.
At the same time, however, Herbalife disclosed in May that federal prosecutors had recently sought information from the company, certain distributors, and others regarding their business practices.
The banks required a paydown of debt, extended the loan for only a year, and imposed more onerous terms. Herbalife CFO DeSimone says the company wanted a temporary credit arrangement until the overhang of the FTC probe lifted, when it would be able to negotiate better terms.
Instead, all 10 banks—plus a new one—unanimously approved extending the deal. It was a huge vote of confidence for the company. For him to break even on his bet, Ackman estimates, the stock has to dip to the low 30s.
The Herbalife short position represented a 3. At times during our conversations, Ackman seemed to be preparing for the possibility that the FTC might clear Herbalife on the top count: Still, he never betrayed a hint that he might pull out. What would it take for him to push the red button at this stage? Herbalife has finally banned lead-generation businesses; it has upgraded its buyback policy to best in class; it has enhanced its disclosures and disclaimers; and it has taken more responsibility for its nutrition club training programs.
The goal was to destroy it. So for him all these small victories add up to failure: That, in turn, makes one wonder whether hedge fund managers with outsize egos, reputations on the line, and billion-dollar stakes make the best regulators. And whether, on the basis of their private, closed-door deliberations, they should be sentencing public companies to death.